Target: Rex W. Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil Oil Company
Goal: Force big oil companies, like Exxon Mobile, to stop oil refinery leaks in America and around the world.
New Orleans residents recently suffered the effects from an oil refinery leak from ExxonMobil. Fortunately, the refinery discovered the leak early and fixed the broken pipeline. However, Louisiana residents reported sixty-six cases of exposure as a result of the leak, requiring medical attention. We must work to prevent oil leaks and deal with them more effectively when they occur.
The sixty-six cases were reported to the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, which is an environmental health and justice organization that seeks to counter pollution in Louisiana. Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana bucket brigade, commented that her organization was surprised that it took the Department of Environmental Quality so long to determine the source of the odor. “I think they clearly don’t have enough people working there,” Rolfes said. “One of the important points is that they’ll often say that to enforce environmental law is bad for the economy, but in this case if they would solve that accident problem, it would be really great for our economy, because it means they would hire more people and also that they would upgrade their equipment,” she said.
Large oil companies like Exxon Mobile are required to incorporate regular updates and equipment updates into their overall maintenance strategy and working process. Therefore, the continued leaks by these companies is unacceptable and must be remedied immediately.
Sign the below petition to urge the CEO of Exxon Mobile to take action.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
Dear Mr. Tillerson,
Given the advanced technologies in modern oil refinery processes, it is not acceptable for oil leaks to continue to occur. The recent incident in New Orleans is a perfect example as to how your company is failing to protect the citizens of America.
Although America is still dependent upon oil from companies like yours, you have a responsibility to provide your services without negatively affecting the public good. I am urging you to revisit your regular technology updates and equipment checks to ensure that there are no more oil leaks from your pipelines. I thank you in advance for helping our citizens avoid unnecessary medical care at your company’s expense.
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